Metro resumption likely in unlock-4 from Sept 1
MHA to consult States concerned; but schools may not be re-opened so soon
The Centre is expected to allow the operation of Metro trains across the country in the forthcoming Unlockdown-4 guidelines. According to sources, Ministry of Home Affairs is expected to issue new guidelines allowing the running of Metro trains in the next few days.
The officials said the final decision will be taken after consulting Chief Ministers of the States having Metro trains namely Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala.
According to sources, new Unlockdown-4 guidelines starting from September 1 would not consider the opening of schools immediately. First universities, colleges will be opened and then senior classes in schools namely 11th and 12th classes, said sources adding that junior classes opening will take place later.
With the opening of Metro trains, the majority of the transportation issues are expected to be solved and bring the city life back to normal. The CISF which oversee the security in Metro trains have already conducted checks and mock operations. Metro trains are for the past three weeks running on tracks on test basis. There will be a limit on passengers in each Metro trains to keep the social distancing, said officials.
On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Centre should allow the resumption of the Metro train services in Delhi in a phased manner as the Covid-19 the situation was improving in the city.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi